Welcome to the HCA Virginia Mental Health Toolkit. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in six U.S. youth aged 6 - 17 experience a mental health disorder each year. Fifty percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24. One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. One in twenty-five U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10 – 34.
Mental health issues in our homes and in our communities, particularly for our youth, are complex and challenging, but by joining together and through united effort, we can make a difference. This toolkit is intended to serve as a gateway to background, tips and tools, and resources that can help individuals, organizations, and communities learn more about mental health issues, and present a pathway for appropriate action based on an easy to follow framework of the “5 C’s), Collaboration, Conversation, Community, Care, and Connection. Please visit the links to each of the 5 C’s below to discover actions that you can take as an individual, organization, or community.
If you or a loved one is in crisis, or need more information, call our Access and Response Center (ARC) at
Whether due to the COVID-19 pandemic or another cause, feelings of fear, anxiety, or depression can be overwhelming. As we work and learn from home and socially distance, we may not be able to access many of our normal outlets for coping, resulting in added stress, anxiety, and depression. These mental health effects of COVID-19 are as essential to address as the physical health effects.
Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are real, common, and treatable. Recovery IS possible!
Take a free health risk assessment (HRA), and take the first step to seek help.
These assessments are not intended for people with warning signs of suicide.
March 01, 2022
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated to deal with COVID-19 anymore, pandemic fatigue might be the cause.
December 16, 2019
The holidays are supposed to be enjoyable, but often stress gets in the way. Practicing mindfulness can help. Here's how.
September 02, 2019
September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Learn the warning signs and what to do if someone you know is at risk for suicide.